Tickler File Your Style

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Event tickets, maps, invitations, registration forms, oh my!  Papers with dates need homes where you can easily find them.  So, how can you keep it all together? One idea is a tickler file, and there are lots of ways to adapt it to your personality and style.

Here’s how you set it up the framework of this system:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box of manila folders (you’ll need 43 overall)
  • Pen
  • 1/2 vertical file drawer for storage

Here’s how you do it:

Take twelve of the middle tab folders and write the name of of a month on each, January – December.  Then, take thirty-one of the right tab folders and label them 1-31, for the days of the month.  Here’s what the setup looks like (I also used hanging files, but you don’t have to): tickler file

How to use it:

  • Check your Tickler File each day, emptying the day’s folder and placing it behind the next month (see above).
  • Store tickets, maps and other date sensitive information in the date folder so you know right where it is
  • Use the month folders to store reminders

Make it your own:

  • Only use the month folders for an easier more streamlined system (reality check – this is what I do).  Using it this way also enables you to place this system on your desktop.
  • Store a list of special events like birthdays and anniversaries in each month.  (Be sure to check the month ahead so you don’t forget grandma’s birthday!)
  •  Use color! Use colorful folders and handstamp the labels.
  • Hang it on the wall. If you need to see it so you remember it exists, put it in a series of wall pockets to keep it in your line of sight.

Have fun with this system! If you have an adapted way of using a tickler file, I’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment and share the love!

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